Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing Laboratory

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Specialist laboratories for undergraduate and short course teaching and for postgraduate research are equipped with up-to-date hardware and software for image processing and spatial analysis as well as a wide array of ancillary and supporting equipment.

The GIS and remote sensing centre has close contact with the North coast GIS user group (NCSIG) which meets twice a year. GIS/RS students present their current work/ projects to the public at these meetings.

Contact can also be made direct to staff about environmental issues in the region where GIS can be a applied to find solution. The unit also has close contact with local city councils, environmental agencies, and forestry departments.


The teaching program includes two units (Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis) at undergraduate levels and postgraduate work at masters and PhD levels. The emphasis is to provide students with necessary conceptual knowledge and practical experience in both GIS and remote sensing fields.


The research component of the GIS and remote sensing program focuses primarily on addressing issues at coastal and catchment levels. Vegetation mapping and change analysis, land cover/land use studies, flood risk, erosion risk, wetland monitoring, and coastal vulnerability assessments are some of the research areas.

To support postgraduate and faculty research and consultancy, the centre has a fully equipped laboratory and also has a number of local and regional GIS data sets as well as satellite data (Landsat MSS, TM, ETM, SPOT, ASTER, and MODIS) covering Clarence, Richmond, Tweed, and Brunswick river catchments of northeast NSW.


The Teaching Laboratory:

  • 30 PCs (Windows 2000)
  • digitiser
  • scanner
  • A3 colour printer
  • ArcView 9.2
  • ArcGIS 3D Analyst
  • ArcGIS Spatial Analyst
  • ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst
  • ERMapper 7.01

The Research Laboratory:

  • a number of workstations (Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows XP64)
  • digitiser
  • A3 and A1 colour printers
  • ArcGIS 9.2
  • ArcView 9.2
  • ArcGIS 3D Analyst
  • ArcGIS Spatial Analyst
  • ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst
  • ERMapper 7.01
  • ERDAS Imagine 9.2
  • support software (including MS Office, CorelDraw Graphics Suite, etc).

The software provides state-of-the-art capabilities for:

  • GIS
  • image processing
  • modelling
  • statistical analysis
  • visualisation.

The lab also holds a large number of spatial data sets that include satellite imagery (Landsat, SPOT, ERS), aerial photographs, digitised maps as well as acquired data sets from various agencies for research and teaching purposes.

Contact information

Dr Michael Whelan